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Pincourt budget unveils a 3.3 per cent residential property tax hike for 2020


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Pincourt homeowners are looking at an increase of 3.32 per cent on their 2020 tax bill which includes services including garbage collection, recycling and brown bin pickup, and payments to the Sûreté du Québec.

Homeowners in Pincourt will see their property tax bills rise by 3.32 per cent next year after council unanimously adopted its 2020 budget during a special sitting on Tuesday evening, December 17. For an average home evaluated at $299,408, the increase amounts to $91.62.

Mayor Yvan Cardinal said the overall average financial impact on residential property taxes over the past 10 years amounts to $412, including this year’s increase. The median property valuation over the same time period has increased from $196,000 to its current level at just under $300,000.

1.7 per cent annual increase over 10 years

“This means the valuation of homes has increased an average of 52 per cent while property taxes increased only by 17 per cent. Property taxes have increased 1.7 per cent each year over the past 10 years,” Cardinal told The Journal.

The town noted it did not have a surplus to balance the budget this year which means the 2020 tax bill reflects the real cost of the town’s services. The town stated its property tax bill includes several services including garbage collection, recycling pickup, payments to the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) and other essential services.

Sound management principles

“Operating expenses have risen in a controlled manner, allowing us to maintain and enhance public services in keeping with sound management principles,” said Cardinal.

“The directors of our municipal departments have presented the town’s elected officials with a budget that focuses on continuity and addresses the council’s priorities while respecting citizens’ ability to pay. This budget will enable us to invest in projects and programs for the benefit of the entire population,” the mayor added.

Infrastructure projects

Several major infrastructure projects were completed this year, including the rebuilding of the section of Duhamel Road between the Hamel cul-de-sac and Avenue Monseigneur-Langlois. The town also built a new road, Chemin des Tours which connects Duhamel and Boulevard Cardinal-Léger. Both projects will have an impact on this year’s budget.

The town’s triennial plan for 2020 calls for work and acquisitions totalling just over $18.7 million. The town council and municipal administration have prepared a financial plan to make the necessary investments which are needed to ensure citizens’ safety and quality of life while keeping tax bills relatively stable, said Cardinal.

The town’s pool chalet at Olympic Park is expected to be completed by next summer. The project is being partly funded with subsidies provided by the federal and provincial governments.

Organic waste collection fee increase

One item which caused some consternation on social media was the town’s decision to charge residents the full amount for organic waste pickup which is $60 per year. The town absorbed a portion of the cost from its budget surplus for the service that was launched last year. The full charge will be clearly indicated on the 2020 tax bill.

Some residents complained about having to pay a fee for the organic waste collection even though they do their own composting. Others complained about the size of the bins, saying they were too small to handle the volume of compostable materials produced.

Another resident complained about having to pay full price for garbage collection even though the schedule has been scaled back from a weekly service to one pickup every two weeks beginning in January.

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